Businesses must comply with laws designed to keep minors safe and protect them from unfair working conditions. A Massachusetts court recently fined a coffee shop chain $47,000 for violating child labor, wage and hour laws. The ruling, which includes $15,000 in restitution and $32,000 in penalties, shows how the legal system can come to the aid of underage employees who suffer mistreatment.
“Our child labor laws are designed to protect minors by limiting the hours and times they can work. We want to make sure that this business provides its staff with better working conditions and does not interfere with the earnings that they depend on,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
Alleged labor law violations against the shops and their owners in Leominster and Littleton, MA included the following: